I found an interesting article in the Times Herald-Record about a legal battle brewing in the Catskills. If there is any article that proves racing is an afterthought for the vast majority of casino operators this is it.
Look at what is going on in Ohio, racetracks are being moved around like musical chairs, not to get a good market for the racing, but to maximize casino operations.
There are times I think horsemen who don't have slots at their tracks are better off the way they are. In some ways, getting slots is like making a deal with the devil; sooner or later the devil is going to want to get paid back and horsemen are going to end up on the short end of the deal.